How Do I Know I Have a Cavity?

August 20, 2018

Having a cavity is always cause for concern, especially if you’re at a point where it’s causing considerable pain. Pain, however, isn’t the only sign that you may have a cavity. Be aware of these initial indicators of cavities and visit a dentist to eliminate any additional damage.

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  • Tooth pain – One of the most noticeable signs of a cavity is a toothache. The pain is usually most evident when you bite into food. At this stage, the tooth has become infected. As the infection advances, the pain can persist, even without biting down with the affected teeth.
  • Sensitivity – Sensitivity to hot or cold foods can also point to a problem with your teeth. The teeth generally feel strong until exposed to these foods. The sensitivity can also be triggered when you bite into sugary or crunchy foods. Brush with sensitive tooth toothpaste, and if the pain persists, contact a dentist immediately.
  • Chronic bad breath – The bacteria responsible for cavities can also cause bad breath, if left alone. This generally continues, even after you brush and floss regularly. By that point, the infection may have progressed enough so that bacteria can’t be removed with regular brushing.

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  • Discolouration – Darkened teeth are a strong sign of tooth decay. It’s normal for teeth to get stained and turn yellow over time. However, if the teeth start turning grey or black, you may be developing a cavity. Check to see if the spot feels sticky, as this can be another clue.
  • Holes – You may be able to feel or see holes in your teeth. These are often signs of advanced tooth decay. The enamel of your teeth has already eroded, allowing bacteria to enter.
  • Cracked teeth – Cavities can also weaken the teeth, making them easier to crack. Crunchy foods are especially to blame, as teeth are more easily cracked when chewing something crunchy (e.g. nuts). If this happens, contact a dentist immediately and avoid chewing on the affected side until the issue is resolved.
  • Pus – If a cavity becomes advanced enough, the tooth can release pus. This is a sign of a serious infection, and can lead to more serious symptoms, if not treated. If you find your tooth at this stage, contact your dental professional immediately.

A cavity can be severely painful. If left alone, cavities can affect your daily activities. Clean and floss your teeth every day. You should also book regular dental checkups to avoid further complications with your oral health.

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Simcoe Smile Dental provides comprehensive dental services for residents of Oshawa, Ontario, including dental implants and family dentistry. We take great pride in providing quality service and care for everyone in your family. Call us today at (905) 728-2321 to book your appointment.

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